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Open Rank Faculty Position in Architectural Theory

Architectural Theory Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California School of Architecture invites applications for faculty position(s) in architectural theory—a full-time faculty position at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor.  The appointment is expected to begin in August 2018.

Candidates must have a strong record of recognized accomplishment in their field(s) and an active research/creative work profile that addresses contemporary needs within architecture and related fields. Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Candidates should include evidence of notable accomplishments in research and/or design, as well as evidence of effective teaching.

The School seeks a faculty member who will bring unique perspectives—through his or her research, creative work and teaching—to the School on the contemporary role of architectural theory. Candidates should have an established record or demonstrate exceptional promise of innovation in scholarship, research and/or creative work. The School is particularly interested in candidates with research interests in global histories, cultural theory and identity, urbanism and urbanization, and/or technology and media.

About USC

The University of Southern California is an internationally recognized research university located at the center of a dynamic Los Angeles. USC established architecture as an academic discipline within its College of Liberal Arts in 1914. By 1919, the University had established a Department of Art and Architecture under the leadership of Arthur Weatherhead and had begun to graduate such renowned alumni as Paul R. Williams (the 1st African-American member of the American Institute of Architects). By 1925, a stand-alone School of Architecture was established, and a full professional Bachelor of Architecture curriculum was put in place in 1928. The first of several Master of Architecture programs was approved in 1932. The USC School of Architecture ranks as one of the top ten architecture schools in the United States with two Pritzker Prize-winning alumni, Frank Gehry ‘54 and Thom Mayne ’69.

The School has been educating explorers since its founding in 1919. Today, the School of Architecture is organized around four key fields of study: architecture, landscape architecture + urbanism, heritage conservation and building science. At the undergraduate level, the School offers both a five-year professional degree (BArch) and a four-year non-professional degree (BSAS) in Architecture. The School offers the following graduate degrees: Master of Architecture +3 (accredited), Master of Architecture +2 (accredited), Post-Professional Master of Advanced Architecture (MAAS), Master of Building Science, Master of Landscape Architecture + Urbanism (accredited), and Master of Heritage Conservation. Additionally, graduate students may obtain interdisciplinary certificates within these areas. The majority of students at the School also participate in diverse study abroad offerings in Europe, Asia, and Central & South America.

Collectively the School’s programs aspire to support design excellence, technological innovation, sensitive urbanism, inspired professionalism, and intelligent globalism.

Required Qualifications

One accredited degree in architecture or a related field, and an advanced degree in architecture or a related field;

A record of research/creative work that demonstrates excellence in the field;

Desired: Ph.D. or other significant advanced degree.

Application Materials

Statement of Interest describing research/creative work, teaching and service;

Diversity Statement describing candidate’s experience in developing a diverse, inclusive and equitable environment for students, employees and/or staff;

Curriculum Vitae, 2-3 Writing Samples and Digital Portfolio, if appropriate to Candidate’s work; and

A list of 2 References and contact information.

Portfolios and other supplemental materials greater than 5 MB can be sent to Kay Chang at kaychang@usc.edu. The file size limit is 25 MB.

Any questions can also be addressed to Kay Chang.

Review of applications will begin in January, and the position will remain open until filled.

USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every ethnic background and gender identity. The University particularly encourages women, members of underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting uschr@usc.edu.


Establish course material and provide instruction in the area of Architectural Theory. Initiate research, creative work, and collaborations with other faculty and schools in the areas of Architectural Theory.



REQ20053228 Posted Date: 12/07/2017 - Thru date - 3/1/2018

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